Precision Surgery without Anaesthetic (or Knife) – The Future of Cancer Medicine has arrived
Posted Nov 20 2009 10:02pm
Dr Chris Nutting has written an article in plain English entitled, Cyberknife – A Novel Treatment Solution. This really does seem to be an excellent example of how technology is altering the entire landscape of modern medicine. It really is quite simple, modern imaging methods can accurately map the extent of the cancer and this information can be fed back to precisely inform the irradiation treatment target. Known as ‘image guided therapy, it’s precision surgery without the need for a knife, or even an anaesthetic.
Cancers that can now be treated include the following:
Brain Cancer Spine Cancer Many of the vascular problems that occur in the brain also occur in the spine and CyberKnife has marked advantages over other radiosurgical techniques in that it is capable of targeting spinal lesions. Also, vertebral tumours (the vertebra is the spine bone) may similarly be treated by this technology (with sparing of the radiosensitive spinal cord that runs through the vertebra). Lung Cancer (Single or several tumours in the lung) Prostate Cancer Pancreas Cancer Liver Cancer Kidney Cancer
In his article, Dr Chris Nutting says, “Quite simply, Cyberknife seems the important advance that we have been waiting for, and more than one lesion can be targeted.”